Frequently asked questions.

-Is a DEXA scan safe?

A DEXA scan is considered very safe due to being the lowest dosage from of any type of x-ray procedure. The radiation exposure is the equivalent to 1/70th of the background radiation you receive in everyday life. 

- Who should get a Bone Mineral Density Test?

If you are over 50 and answer yes to any of these questions, you should talk to your doctor about your bone health:

  • Do you have a family history of osteoporosis?
  • Have you ever suffered a broken hip or recently broken a bone from a minor bump or fall?
  • Do you have Coeliac disease?
  • Do you suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis?
  • Have you been taking steroid drugs for longer than 3 months, for example, for the treatment of asthma?
  • For women: Have you reached an early menopause?
  • For men: Do you have low testosterone levels?
  • Do you have overactive thyroid or parathyroid conditions?
  • Are you receiving treatment for breast or prostate cancer?
  • Have you noticed you’ve lost 3cm or more in height?

- Who should get a Body Composition Scan?

Any adults interested in or affected by:

  • Progression of diet or exercise programs.
  • Weight management.
  • Athletes.
  • Anorexia Nervosa.
  • Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Chronic renal failure.
  • Risk of Chronic Disease/s.

-How often should I have a bone density scan?

Depending on your risk factors, bone density scans can be repeated anywhere between 1-5 years.  

-How often should I have a body composition scan?

How often depends on your individual goals.

-Do I need a doctors referral?

No. You can self-refer for a bone density or body composition scan – simply contact us or book online here.

What do I need to wear for a DEXA scan?

It is best to wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing free from metal, buckles and zips (avoid jeans if possible); although suitable clothing/cover-ups can be provided on the day if necessary. You will need to remove any metal before having a scan done (excluding surgical metal screws etc that cannot be removed, in which case you can still get a scan).

Do I get my results straight away?

Bone Density results will be sent to your referring GP within 5-10 working days from your scan and a copy will be emailed to you as well.

Body Composition results are provided on the day with a report you can take home or to your health practitioner.

-Can I have a DEXA scan if I am pregnant?


How much do scans cost?

Please see our price-list here.

We are an Affiliated Provider for Southern Cross Health Insurance for Bone Density Scanning.